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David Hasselhoff appears in a still from Baywatch. - Provided courtesy of NBC

David Hasselhoff inspires scientists in crab name

01/07/2012 by Olivia Allin

David Hasselhoff's days of patrolling the beach as Mitch Buchannon on "Baywatch" are long gone, but the actor still has some power where the ocean is concerned.

British scientists named a recently discovered species of yeti crab after the actor. The crabs dwell around volcanic vents near the South Georgia Islands off Antarctica and are distinctive for their hairy chest, which inspired the scientists to call the species "The Hoff" for now, until they come up with a more formal scientific name.

According to BBC News, the crustacean's "hairy chest" actually consists of follicles that are believed to trap bacteria, which the crabs eat.

The 58-year-old former "Baywatch" star Tweeted an article about the crabs with the caption, "#gothoffcrabs."

The actor has been married twice and finalized his divorce from second wife Pamela Bach in 2006. They have two daughters, Taylor, 20, and Hayley, 18.

Hasselhoff and his daughters appeared on the A&E reality show "The Hasselhoffs," which was canceled after two episodes. Hasselhoff also appeared as a judge on "Britain's Got Talent during its spring 2011 season. He had served as a judge on "America's Got Talent" alongside Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan between 2006 and 2009.

In September 2010, David Hasselhoff participated in the 11th season of "Dancing With The Stars", ABC's ballroom dancing reality show. He was the first contestant to be voted off.

Watch a video of "The Hoff" yeti crabs in action below. Also featured in the video is an unknown breed of octopus, which is currently being called a ghost octopus by researchers.

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